Police arrested a man who they said shot himself while fleeing a northeast Charlotte convenience store he allegedly robbed early Tuesday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said 19-year-old Lavarius Patterson attempted to rob a Kangaroo Express gas station in University City around 2 a.m., and made off with property from the business before limping away from a self-inflected gunshot wound.
Patterson was found hours later when police were notified that a man matching his description had entered a Carolinas Medical Center emergency room with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police said additional evidence linked Patterson to the robbery at Kangaroo Express and he was arrested after being released from the hospital.
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Patterson faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and felon possession of a firearm.
LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS